Winter: Miles City-to-Dickinson ‘Stanton connection’ going strong

Abe Winter
Star Columnist

Dalton Reid, who played four seasons after sitting out as a redshirt in his freshman year at Dickinson State, believes the trek to DSU will continue for Miles City athletes.

DSU football coach Pete Stanton, the brother of the late Dan Stanton, the coach at Custer County District High School for 11 years, was a good connection for the Miles City players in search of a college program where they thought they had a chance to play.

“That Stanton connection — that really influenced a lot of us Miles City kids,” said Reid, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound slot receiver for the Blue Hawks the previous four years.

Asked if he had any regrets about playing at the North Dakota school, Reid quickly replied: “No, none at all. I have no regrets.”

He had other offers from Montana Western in Dillon, Rocky Mountain in Billings and Northern at Havre.

“After my visit to Rocky, I had my visit the next weekend at Dickinson and I just felt comfortable right away,” said Reid, who played 45 total games, starting in 36. “They were good years and I made some of my best friends there.”

Reid, who lives in Bozeman, was a member of two North Star Conference championship teams under Pete Stanton’s coaching. Stanton was a 14-year assistant to legendary Hank Biesiot, but things had gone bad at DSU. Records of 1-10 and 2-9 led to Biesiot’s retirement with 258 victories in 38 years. Stanton immediately got things going in the right direction with records of 7-4, 8-3 and 9-3 his first three years.

The Blue Hawks are 2-0 this season, including a season-opening victory over Rocky Mountain.

“I think he’s on an upward trend right now,” Reid said. “I think he’ll have a good season.”



— A group of die-hard Montana State football fans from Miles City drove to Pullman, Washington, to see the Bobcats play Washington State. Kelly, Cindy and Dalton Reid, Jeff and Deb Shaw, Bing Cherry and Paul Rask were members of the traveling party who watched their Bobcats fall hard — 31-0 to the Cougars.

Forget the final score, they’ll tell you. It still will be considered an enjoyable trip.

“Fun was had by all,” Kelly Reid said. “(Pullman) is a great little spot.”

— Jayden Venable, a diminutive 5-7, 130-pound freshman cornerback on the CCDHS froshmore team, is out for the season after making a good play. He intercepted at his goal line and ran 70 yards before being tackled and suffering a broken collarbone in a Cowboys victory at Laurel.

Still, he was at practice Wednesday wearing a shoulder sling.

“I intercepted the ball and got tackled,” he said with a grin.

Why didn’t he go all the way?

“He had an angle,” a smiling Venable said, adding that no surgery will be required and he may be able to continue in his other two sports — basketball and baseball.

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)